JULIA BULLARD is Professor of Viola and Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad. Most recently, she has appeared as soloist with the Bogotá Chamber Orchestra (Bogotá, Colombia) and the UCS Symphony Orchestra (Caxias do Sul, Brazil). She is also the violist of Trio 826; since its formation in 2011, the trio has performed throughout the US, as well as in France and Brazil, and released their first CD, entitled “Mosaic,” in 2016.
In demand as a clinician and pedagogue, Dr. Bullard has presented guest performances and master classes at universities across the US, including the University of Iowa, Drake University, State University of New York at Fredonia, Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Ball State University in Indiana, and internationally. Her students have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs and summer festivals, are successful teachers in the public schools and private studios, and hold positions in symphony orchestras. Dr. Bullard was the recipient of the Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the Year award in 2011 from the Iowa String Teachers Association. Dr. Bullard is currently also studying to be a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique through the Minnesota Center for the Alexander Technique.
Dr. Bullard received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia, and the DMA degree from the University of Georgia. Her principal teachers included the legendary violists Joseph de Pasquale and Emanuel Vardi. Prior to joining the faculty at UNI, Dr. Bullard was a faculty member at Settlement Music School (Philadelphia), Temple University’s Preparatory Department (Philadelphia), and the University of Georgia Pre-College Program, among others. She has performed with various orchestras, including the Des Moines Metro Opera (IA), Cedar Rapids Symphony (IA), Greenville Symphony (SC), Trenton Symphony (NJ), and many more, as well as at several summer festivals including the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, Luzerne Music Center, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival, and the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival. She is also currently on the artist-faculty of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy.